Guruvayoor is a small town located in the Thrissur district of Kerala state. The town is one of the most famous religious places in India as it abounds in temples and shrines. The most important temple in the region is the Guruvayoor Temple, which is also called as the 'Guruvayoor Sree Krishna Temple'. This fourth biggest temple of the country is dedicated to Lord Krishna and attracts millions of devotees every year. The locals hold a mythological legend about the Guruvayoor Temple's establishment. The huge Mammiyoor Shiva Temple, situated in proximity to Sree Krishna Temple, is another popular attraction for devotees. It is known for its beautiful artistic premises adorned with with paintings and intricate carvings.
Among other holy sites, the Parthasarathy Temple, formerly known as Thiruthiyil Thevar, is also popular. The temple shows Lord Krishna acting as Parthasarthy and reciting 'Gita Updesh' to Arjuna during the battle of Mahabharata. The Thiru Venkatachalapathy Temple, built by Tamil devotees in the honour of Lord Krishna, is another attraction of the town.
The places to visit in Guruvayoor, besides temples and shrines, include the Institute of Mural Painting, Devaswom Museum and Melpathur Auditorium. During Guruvayoor sightseeing, tourists can also explore the Punnathur Elephant Palace that sprawls over a large area and is home to around 66 elephants.
Apart from religious places and tourist attractions, the town is famous for its Guruvayoor Festival that is celebrated for 10 days. Guruvayoor Ekadesi and Chembai Sangeetholsavam are two of the other festivals that are celebrated with great fervour.